Graduate studies are well underway for the fall term, and it’s been a whirlwind so far (especially last week). Every once in a while, a nice, quite day will sneak up on you, but not often – usually, there’s plenty of reading and discussing to be done. I must say, though, that even with the heavy load, I’m still incredibly lucky – after all, I get to “do” history all day, every day, in a small, intimate atmosphere with some very interesting people. Sometimes (rarely), an undergrad will even show up for assistance, so a small element of teaching (my ultimate goal) is thrown in there, too.
Do I wish I had time to work on the podcast every single day? Yes, very much so. I don’t think a day passes when I don’t think about how much fun it was when I was able to put out a show every two weeks or so and hear from listeners in the following weeks. I am thinking especially of those people who have supported me through the long term and given me encouragement all along the way – TB from TX, WN from UK, and more. Contrary to what you may think, though, I do still spend no small amount of time pondering the show and what I can do with it now.
I’m currently working on a project that’s not strict historical research on my own part, per se, but I think it will still be interesting when it’s completed (and when I’m legally allowed to post it here) and am pondering putting out an audio version of it. I was also offered an incredible opportunity this morning for an event in London on Tuesday 20 October, but, being a lowly graduate student, the finances simply aren’t there to be able to get to London and stay there for a few days. Still, though, receiving invitations remind me of how rewarding British History 101 has been to me, and I sincerely appreciate all the kind words that have been sent my way. I’m still thinking of all of you, and we will have to gather ’round the microphone sometime soon – if for no other reason than to avoid TB coming after me with a large stick to “motivate” me!